Not Wasting Coffee


⚡️ Winner of the 2019 Sprudgie Award for Best Coffee Writing! ⚡️

In 2019 I started an Instagram account called @wastingcoffee. It's a humor page that doubles as a community forum for exchanging tips on reducing waste in the coffee industry. One thing led to another, and I ended up writing a book!

The Italian equipment manufacturer Faema helped me create the book by subsidizing some of the costs, and generously hosting the release event at their pop-up cafe in New York City. With huge thanks to Faema, I'm super excited to offer the book here on my webshop!

In The @wastingcoffee Guide To Not Wasting Coffee, I have collected, curated and expanded upon the conversations taking place on my coffee sustainability platform @wastingcoffee.

It's more than just tips on re-using batch brew - although you'll find some great ones! The book introduces a holistic operational approach to reducing waste and lowering costs, while improving quality, customer experience, and team morale.

We begin by exploring the green coffees that roasteries choose to purchase and from there move into roasting, brewing, the math behind extraction yield, barista training, latte art throwdowns, and more. I got to speak with a wide array of amazing coffee professionals, including many that I lowkey idolize, and their thoughts and perspectives are shared throughout the book.

Not Wasting Coffee is both a practical reference and an interesting cover-to-cover read. It is *packed* with actionable information and the first half of the book doubles as a comprehensive reference on extraction for baristas of all experience levels. I'm super excited for everyone to read it!

Kat Melheim of Coffee People Zine created the layout for this book, and the beautiful cover illustration is by Chris Hulsizer.

NOTE: I know it can be confusing when a project is sponsored. So I want to be transparent here and share that my printing costs were partially subsidized for the first run of 50 books only, and 40 of those books were given out at the release event. The following printings are completely on me.

I really want the info to be accessible for everyone, so I'm hoping everyone will just keep using the honor system and choose the sliding scale level that they can afford. I’m a small business owner and my only employee. Any margin I can make from any item in the shop is a really huge help to me!

This item is priced on a sliding scale. Everything on my webshop is priced on a sliding scale. Just choose the price that is comfortable for you. My goal is to make each item as accessible as possible, to folks from all different parts of the coffee industry. It works because the community truly observes the honor system: those who are able to pay more make it possible for others with less resources to pay less.

Need to purchase over 15 books? Drop me a line at umeko [!at] so I can hook you up with wholesale pricing!

Every order is hand-packed with care by me, Umeko, in my home in Kansas City, MO. I usually spend Mondays and Tuesdays packing orders, and ship out on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Umeshiso a one-person operation with a lot of projects, so at times I may not be able ship orders the exact day planned. If you have any questions at all about shipping times, please email me directly at umeko [!at]

I am not currently able to offer international shipping because of major USPS service disruptions. I hope to have international shipping back online when I'm able to manage it and guarantee a good customer experience. Thank you for your understanding!

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Reviews (5)


I'm not in the coffee industry but I still found this book interesting and enjoyable.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found it quite informative. ❤️

Read it in a single sitting.

Perfect! So happy this exists, Thank you!

I’ve been in the coffee industry for years. This book jump started a new iteration in my relationship with coffee, how I think about coffee, and how I talk to others about coffee. If you want to understand how to break the rules with success, this is the guide for you.

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